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Forever Footprints Programs

Support Programs Each day, hour, and even minute, a member of your community experiences a loss of a baby. Sadly, most areas are greatly lacking the support and assistance these parents, siblings, grandparents, and friends need in dealing with their heartache. Forever Footprints is working each day to fill that gap. Through our various programs, we strive to connect these hurting families to support that will offer them understanding and aid as they navigate through the journey ahead of them. Forever Footprints Support Groups The Balancing Life & Loss: Parenting After Loss Group is a free support group that addresses the needs of bereaved parents who, after a tragic loss, need to continue living and parenting their surviving children. The Coping With Loss: Helping Families With The Loss Of A Child Through Miscarriage, Stillbirth, and Early Infancy Group is a free support group for bereaved parents and families who have experienced the loss of a child and need a place to help process their  experience and be able to heal. Education and Support Books Program Our Education and Support Book Program allows us to donate books to families and hospitals. We offer several books specifically for mothers, fathers, grandparents and children or siblings. Journey to Remember Program The Journey to Remember Program is a perinatal comfort care program created to provide a safe and nurturing environment for families who wish to carry to term despite a life-limiting or fatal diagnosis. We provide sensitive care facilitated by a labor and delivery nurse trained in bereavement with personal experience in perinatal loss during the pregnancy, delivery, and follow up bereavement support...

Paloma Comfort Care

Ten years ago we were given the news that our firstborn son had Alobar Holoprosencephaly. As my husband and I sat in a dark ultrasound room, the doctor explained to us that our baby had no brain and would not survive. He scribbled the long diagnosis on a piece of paper, and told us to follow up with our regular OB. The days and weeks that followed are painful and a blur. We had so many questions—and no answers. We desperately needed support—and there was none. We needed someone to help us navigate this heart-breaking time—yet we were alone. Joseph was born on July 8, 2004. We got to hold our son for the short time he lived. And then we had to say goodbye. I cofounded Forever Footprints, formerly OC Walk to Remember, after Joseph’s death. And there has been so much support given to families who have faced a pregnancy loss or infant death. But in the past ten years, I’ve also met many families like me who were given the news that their unborn baby had a life-threatening or life-limiting condition, and more support was needed. The Board of Directors of Forever Footprints committed to create support for families who receive such a diagnosis. It began with a meeting one year ago with UC Irvine Medical Center in Orange. Within six months a framework was in place, and the Paloma Comfort Care program was born. The program helps such families on their journey from pregnancy to birth, and after birth in the Labor and Delivery Unit, Post-Partum Unit or Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). It promotes...

Third Annual Orange County Women and Children’s Palliative Care Conference

  Join us for an educational conference for health professionals working in the Neonatal ICU, Perinatal Care and Pediatrics. Attendees will learn more about the importance of communicating and collaborating as a team when working with families experiencing a loss of a pregnancy, baby or child. Topics include: Communications Taking the collaborative approach Community resources Music Therapy Self Care Emotional outcomes of loss A panel discussion with a patient family This conference is open to physicians, nurses, nurse practitioners, respiratory therapists, social workers, case managers, occupational therapists, physical therapists, child life specialists and chaplains. DATE: Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2014 TIME: Registration from 7 to 7:45 a.m., conference from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. LOCATION:  UC Irvine Medical Center, Building 53 Main Auditorium                                          101 The City Drive South, Orange, CA 92868 PARKING:  Parking is included in the registration fee for non-UC Irvine employees.  UC Irvine employees may use their regular parking permits.  Non-UC Irvine employees will receive parking information two weeks prior to the conference. The conference includes 7 hours of CEU and lunch. For more information, contact Massiel Luizaga at 714-456-3935 or mluizaga@uci.edu. *Click here to fill out the Registration Form for 2014 Palliative Care...